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Gay groups head to Tampa for GOP convention

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We're just a handful of days away from the kickoff of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where attendees are expected to nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney to represent the party in the upcoming fall presidential election.

Possible hurricanes aside, officials in Tampa are expecting more than 50,000 delegates, media and other convention visitors to descend on the city in the coming days, including representatives from gay conservative groups like Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud.

Gay groups will need to shake off an unwelcome feeling amid reports that this year's Republican Party platform remains as anti-gay as ever.

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Report: Republican Party platform draft as anti-gay as ever

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The Republican Party is busy preparing for its upcoming convention in Tampa, Fla., where it is expected to officially nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney as the party's candidate for the fall presidential election.

Ahead of the convention, GOP insiders have been carefully crafting the party's platform, a set of “core principles” that GOP candidates are expected to adhere to once in office.

Though it hasn't been released yet, reports have surfaced calling the proposed platform “the most conservative platform” in GOP history.